A traveling trophy and bragging rights are at stake in the first annual Barry-Lawrence County Corporate Golf Championship to be held at the Windmill Ridge Golf Course in Monett on Aug. 13.
Bob Markovics, with UMB Bank in Monett and a member of the City of Monett's Golf Advisory Committee, is organizing the tournament, which he hopes will become an annual fundraiser for the golf course.
Monett Mayor Jim Orr, City Administrator Dennis Pyle, golf course manager Mike Knight and Markovics have been talking about hosting a corporate golf championship since last summer.
"There has been considerable interest in this type of tournament in the Barry-Lawrence County area," said Markovics. "The City of Monett has endorsed the development (of the tournament) and authorized use of Windmill Ridge for the event."
Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Windmill Ridge Golf Course. This year, any money raised will be used to level and re-build tee boxes on the course.
"Small improvements, like fixing up the tee boxes, make the course more inviting for people to come and play," said Markovics, who added that the tournament will be completely self-supported.
The tournament format will field four-person teams with each golfer playing their own ball. Bill Medlin, a retired golf pro from Dallas, Texas, and a friend of Markovics, will be assisting with the 18-hole tournament.
A low gross champion team, using the low three scores from each team, will be named along with a best ball champion team. The individual meet medalist will also be recognized. Trophies and gift certificates will be awarded to the top four teams in both the low gross and best ball scoring formats.
"We wanted to put together a tournament where companies can compete together in a real tournament format, not a scramble," said Markovics. "
A travelling trophy will be awarded to the low gross champion team and that trophy will be displayed at the sponsoring company for a year until the next tournament champion is named.
"I think we have enough golfers at companies in and around Barry and Lawrence counties that really enjoy competing and will appreciate the opportunity to have a venue to showcase their talents," said Markovics.
The cost to participate is $400 per team, and the tournament field will be limited to the first 50 teams. Lunch will be served, and an awards dinner will be held at the Monett Park Casino following the conclusion of play.
"All the team members do not need to work at the company they're playing for," said Markovics. "The only restriction is you can't be an active professional. The tournament is being played under amateur status rules."
Markovics added that a women's division has been added to the tournament, and he hopes to have at least six women's teams playing.
"I want this to be a fun event that people want to play and compete in," added Markovics.
For more information about the tournament, contact Markovics at 417-236-2744 or e-mail him at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org.